Life Lately

Hey hey…happy Monday – and welcome to our Life Lately post wherein we give you guys a little update on as to what has been going on in our lives!

Ashley –

We usually space these posts out in two week increments, but last Monday was a holiday – so here we are with three weeks of things to share with you! What have WE been up to? Well, last Monday was Memorial Day, so the family came over to our house for some grilling and chilling. I had plans to attempt using the charcoal grill all by myself… BUT thankfully my Dad swooped in and saved the day to be the grill master. 😉

We have been to the Library a couple times since Coop got out of school. I want them to participate in the Summer Reading Program that happens every Wednesday, and we also just go to get them excited about reading. 🙂 So far, we’ve really been enjoying it. Except for when we get in trouble for jumping on a bean bag in an attempt to make the perfect boomarang for Instagram. oops

Cooper finished school a little over a week ago, and he’s been enjoying having a break from that. It has been nice not having to worry about taking him and picking him up from a place different than Sophie. Having the past couple of Wednesdays not be dictated by what time school drop off and pick up is – was really nice and freeing. Sophie and I went to the Hattiesburg Zoo which was fun…and tiring. I’ve been working with Coop everyday doing learning activities to keep his mind active and ready for Kindergarten. Obviously, there has been some shopping mixed in with all of that. Old Navy recently opened in D’Iberville – sooo I’ve been there several times. This past weekend they were having amazing sales that I talked about on our IG Stories (@rageagainstthemomachine).

Anddd – honestly that’s about all that comes to mind. LOL What about you Rhonda? What’s been going on in Texas?

Rhonda –

I feel like we have been so busy, but like…. doing what exactly?  Hmm.

My hairstylist flew in for a couple of days, to do my hair and that of some of my girlfriends.  I got a fiery new ‘do and the kids got some flair too.

The kids and I have enjoyed the backyard a lot, with me getting super crazy tan!  Stuart has of course grilled a lot.  Over Memorial Day weekend, we enjoyed the pool and grilling for 3 straight days.  It was amazing and indulgent.

We went to another baseball game and that was fun as always.  We are kind of obsessed with them.

We had a wave of stomach bug sweep through our house and that was obviously a blast.  It caused us to have to push back Harper’s birthday party.  I was fine with that since it meant more time to prepare (or procrastinate).  We had a nice time with our closest friends.

I was pleased to discover a couple days ago that I had reached one of my goals in weight loss.  While I am still not at the point where I want to be, I am in a dress I wasn’t able to button in February.  I can’t be mad about that!

My other best friend, Nicole, came to visit.  We have been really enjoying our time together and it’s only half over!  We went to a concert, stayed the night in a schmancy hotel, and spent the the day after drinking by a rooftop pool.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

What have y’all been up to?

Life Lately

Hey guys! It’s that time again where we share with y’all what’s been going on in each of our lives as of late. 🙂

Ashley –

Soooo, life lately eh? We’re like one week into May and looking at my calendar – this introvert gets overwhelmed. May is the end of the school year which has brought an influx of activities for us. We’ve got school functions, meetings about Cooper’s speech/kindergarten needs for next year, dead lines I need to remember to meet concerning turning in documents and money…just you know – alll the things. PLUS throw in a couple of friend birthday parties. We’re enjoying it immensely though – and we will for sure be sad when the school year is over. It’s a bitter sweet thing. I will personally be relieved to not have to worry about alllll the daily school things, but I’ll be sad because it’s just another reminder of my baby getting bigger and bigger. 🙁

Last week Coop had field day and we went to a birthday party the following Saturday. His dad and I decided to divide and conquer this whole morning event. I was there for the beginning of field day before I needed to head to work, and his dad came to be there to eat lunch with Coop. Unfortunately, Cooper had other ideas. Between the time I left and when his dad showed up, Coop had somehow gotten it in his head that he was going to get to go home. There were lots of tears, and his dad ended up leaving early to avoid a full blown melt down that was reminiscent of Coop’s first several weeks transitioning to school.

Looking back on the school year though – we are so incredibly proud of the progress he has made. He’s seemed to master his separation anxiety when it comes to staying at school, because he is just so incredibly comfortable there!  Not only has his emotional and social development been superb, but he’s advanced scholastically as well.  🙂

I got to see TWO movies this past weekend. That’s cray, because I can’t even vividly remember the last time I’ve been to the movies before then…. I saw  the new Avengers movie and Tully. They were both really great. You need to get your booty in a theater and see them both.

What about Sophie you ask? Well, we did a big thing almost two weeks ago now….we took away the baba (aka  – the bottle). Yes. Yes. My two and a half year old was still using a bottle.  Listen. It wasn’t hurting anyone and she LOVED it. Ok. Correction: she probably STILL loves it. I’m not that mom that is going to force my child to give up something just because everyone else is saying that should stop doing this or that by a certain age. I honestly believe it needs to come down to what’s best for YOUR child and YOUR family life. Why now for us? I was over it. Over having to keep up with all the parts of the bottles. Also, she’d bitten through most the nipples and I definitely didn’t want to go out and buy more.  It was just time. So we did it…and besides a couple times of asking for one to soothe her when she was upset or wanting to sleep – she was totally fine with it! Now all we have to do is potty train. #sendallthehelp

But yeah – that’s my life lately. What about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

I have to say, it has been spectacular over my way.  We have been completely overhauling the house we have lived in since August 2017 and enjoying what is essentially the start of summer around here.

This is our backyard that we actually already love, but are now re-doing.  Honestly, it already looks nothing like this and I can’t wait to share when it’s done.

We started pool season and the first day it was SO cold….like probably a bit pre-mature.  But it got better.  We learned that this early in the year, we need to fill it up a couple of hours before we plan to get in.

Good ole baseball.  It really is America’s pastime.  I have been a fan for many years and I was really excited to go this past weekend, when the Red Sox – my favorite team – were in town.

Cinco de Mayo rolled around. I headed to the store to get some margarita mix and there was a mariachi band in Walmart…cause Texas, y’all.

I had every intention of just chilling in my backyard paradise with a margarita…but 2:00 Cinco Drunk Rhonda decided it was time for a party…. Several of our besties came over and we actually had the best time ever.  I drank a tad bit more than I prefer to when we are hosting, but it’s one of those things where I intentionally invited only our closest friends because I didn’t want to have to entertain really.

Clay took my phone (that I lost right within reach several times) and took some super cute selfies.

We went to yet another ballgame and had the greatest time.  Fuck, it was SO hot, but we still really enjoyed our time as a family.

Stuart enjoys the circus enough that he actually bought more baseball tickets while we were at the game.  Bless it all.